Posts made in August, 2011

Day 35: Second Floor Goes Up

Posted by on Aug 31, 2011 in Framing, Windows | 0 comments

As I’ve said before (probably multiple times), there isn’t much to a house.  Your average home is a few thin layers thick – siding, sheathing, framing and drywall.  I know this, but it’s still surprising when you see just how quickly a few of those layers can lend a real sense of presence to a structure.  Our house has suddenly sprung into shape in just a few days, dominating the backyard and freaking me out a little at how big it suddenly looks.  Those of you who live in an average sized home will chuckle at this, as our house is under 2000 square feet above...

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Day 34: Sheathing On

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Structure | 0 comments

Day 34: Sheathing On

Today the first floor of the additions were sheathed with OSB, just in time for everything to get rained on tonight. The construction is finally starting to intrude into the main house, as floors are brought into alignment, walls are reframed and flooring is moved. Unfortunately for everyone, I have solid days of work at the office, so will have very little time to work on the pressing issues we have pending. We still have insulation to remove from the attic, trenches to be dug in the basement for plumbing, and literally tons of iron pipe to be cut away. I have a feeling I’ll have a...

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Door – Found!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2011 in Design, Salvage | 8 comments

As I was perusing the copious antiques and whatnot at Hunt and Gather, I came across the perfect door.  I realize that  in its current state, it leaves a bit to be desired.  Yes, it’s coated with old, cracking, peeling lead paint.  But the bones of this door are nothing less than romantic.  The oval glass, the cute small sill and the tied boughs make my mind wander.  How many people have gazed out of this glass?  What were they waiting for?  How many goodbyes were said in the very door frame where this one hung?  So many questions! I have begun the stripping process –...

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Days 31, 32 & 33: Additions Go Up!

Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Framing, Salvage | 0 comments

Days 31, 32 & 33: Additions Go Up!

Framing began on Wednesday, and despite a lot of fiddling around on Thursday and Friday, the additions are shaping up quite nicely.  The new addition’s first floor shell has been framed, and as of this morning, the old addition’s walls were going up.  As Ryan said, new construction goes really fast – it’s accommodating the old structure that takes the time.  Much of last Thursday and Friday were spent cutting out rotten wood and working around oddities in the standing floor plan. Today also marked a high note, as we began the successful salvaging of our old dining...

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Day 30: Framing Begins

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in Framing | 1 comment

Day 30: Framing Begins

Bright and early, the truck from Lamperts showed up in our back yard.  Stacked with all of the wood products we’re doing to use, I was puzzled about how we were going to get everything off of the flat bed.  “They just dump it off,” said Ryan, and I was sure he was joking.  He wasn’t. The rest of the morning was spent prepping the site, getting things worked out with the foundation, and then the framing began.  By this afternoon, we had the outline of the back addition.  This is inspiring stuff!

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